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Barabbas, ‘son of god’

Cong Corrales . NETIZENS have been posting a meme about how people chose Barabbas over Jesus. It has been appearing on my newsfeed since “holy week.” I suspect it will continue circulating on the Internet until the midterm elections next month. The meme goes on to say that 2,000 years ...

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Candid notes

Pat Diaz . GENERAL Santos City — On Feb. 22, 2019, in Malacañan, President Rodrigo R. Duterte swore in the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) which he had appointed with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim as chief minister. The BTA, the Parliament, is the interim government of ...

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The challenge to today’s youth

Fr. Roy Cimagala . WITH the holding of the National Youth Day celebration here in Cebu this week, we are again given a chance to take a long and serious look at the situation of today’s youth not only in our country but also all over the world. And let’s ...

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Tempting 30 pieces of silver

Uriel Quilinguing . WHATEVER was the basis in setting the schedule of elections in the Philippines must be convincing enough for the framers to clearly state it in the 1987 and 1935 Constitutions. In both versions, national and local elections have been explicitly fixed, except barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections ...

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Escrow bill and magna carta

Dennis Gorecho . “AANHIN pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo.”   The manning agencies resurrected  in the proposed Magna Carta for Filipino Seafarers a bill earlier filed by Angkla Partylist wherein the proceeds of execution shall be deposited in an escrow account with an escrow agent designated by the ...

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Jesus lost the election

William Adan . NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental – And it came to pass that the people were presented to choose between Barabbas, and Jesus. The crowd by a viva voce vote chose a notorious bandit and murderer over a renowned teacher. Barabbas won and was freed; Jesus lost, got a death ...

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‘Disiplina ang kailangan’

Netnet Camomot . FORMER President Ferdinand Marcos had a mantra: “Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan.” And it still rings true today, provided the Pinoy is able to separate that line from Marcos’ alleged grafting and corrupting. Imelda’s “the true, the good, and the beautiful” comes to mind, too. ...

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Persevere in prayer

Fr. Roy Cimagala . YES, despite whatever—dryness, boredom, lukewarmness, tiredness and a long list of etcetera—let’s just persevere in prayer. The effort to pray that may need to be heroic and extraordinary at times will never go unnoticed with God our Father who can never be outdone in generosity. To ...

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Decadence of Kaamulan

By Alexandria M. Mordeno Mindanews . ILIGAN City – The irony of the whole thing is as funny as it is infuriating. I was born and raised in Bukidnon. In Malaybalay, no less. Every year, without fail (or at least before I came to Iligan for college), I had all ...

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Crime and punishment

Dominador Awiten . TO punish an offense is a sovereign act of the State. Thus, the Revised Penal Code states: “No penalty is imposed except pursuant to a law.”  The prosecution for a criminal offense is in the name of the People of the Philippines, in whom sovereignty resides and ...

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